Godzilla vs. Hedorah (2021)

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Godzilla Fest short films
Godzilla Appears at Godzilla Fest
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Title card for Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa[1]
Producer Keiji Ota et al.
Music by Akira Ifukube, Riichiro Manabe,
Keith Emerson (stock)
Funded by Toho Visual Entertainment
Production company Cine Bazar
Distributor Toho
Running time 5 minutes
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Godzilla vs. Hedorah (ゴジラVSヘドラ,   Gojira tai Hedora) is a 2021 short film directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa. Funded by Toho Visual Entertainment and produced by Cine Bazar, it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the feature-length Godzilla film of the same name. It is the second in Nakagawa's "Fest Godzilla" series of shorts produced yearly for Godzilla Fest, coming after 2020's Godzilla Appears at Godzilla Fest and being followed up by Fest Godzilla 3: Gigan Attacks in 2022. It premiered during Godzilla Fest 2021 on November 3, 2021[1] and was posted to YouTube the same day,[2] but later privated.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Appearing at an oil refinery in the Keihin Industrial Zone on a clear day, Hedorah begins menacing the refinery workers by firing its sulfuric acid mist and pieces of its body at the surrounding area, then begins consuming pollutants by inhaling smoke from one of the refinery's smokestacks. Godzilla interrupts it and the two kaiju trade blows, wrecking numerous buildings in the complex in the process. Godzilla unleashes his atomic breath, but Hedorah avoids it, then knocks him to the ground and sprays him with mist, burning his left eye. Godzilla kicks Hedorah into some power lines, the electricity weakening the Smog Monster. As Hedorah struggles to recover, Godzilla gets to his feet and obliterates it with a blast of atomic breath. Triumphant, he stomps away.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Kazuhiro Nakagawa[1]
  • Executive producer   Keiji Ota
  • Produced by   Kota Ishizuka
  • Planning by   Tetsuya Yoshikawa
  • Stock music by   Akira Ifukube, Riichiro Manabe, Keith Emerson
  • Cinematography by   Yutaka Adachi
  • Edited by   Kazuhiro Nakagawa
  • Production design by   Kohei Sugiyama, Tsukimi Uehara, Kenichi Matsumoto
  • Storyboards by   Kazuhiro Nakagawa
  • Suits modeled by   Shinichi Wakasa
  • Fluid graphics by   Akiko Nakayama

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Hedorah was shot on a raised set built in a parking lot behind Toho Studios on September 23 and 24, 2021.[3] Both monsters were portrayed by suits originally built by Shinichi Wakasa for Godzilla Final Wars in 2004. The Godzilla suit was a lighter secondary suit intended for action scenes and lacked a radio-controlled jaw; instead, it was manipulated with a wire.[3] As Godzilla's tail had not been shown during the previous year's Godzilla Fest short film, Godzilla Appears at Godzilla Fest, the filmmakers ensured that it appeared this time.[4] The poor condition of the Hedorah suit necessitated multiple repairs during production.[3] Yoshikazu Ishii, an assistant special effects director for Final Wars, assisted Yasushi Iwata with the pyrotechnics.[3]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (short film)/Gallery.

U.S. release[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Hedorah played before Fathom Events screenings of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla on November 3, 2022, accompanied by a behind-the-scenes featurette.[5]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Full short
Announcement video
Behind the scenes

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While pronounced the same, this short's Japanese title is distinguished from that of the original Godzilla vs. Hedorah by its use of the English "VS" (similar to the Heisei Godzilla films), rather than the kanji 対 (tai).

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Godzilla vs. Hedorah (short film). These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "完全新作特撮!タイトル決定!!『ゴジラVSヘドラ』". Godzilla Fest 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  2. Godzilla Channel ゴジラ(東宝特撮)チャンネル (3 November 2021). "新作特撮『ゴジラVSヘドラ』". YouTube. Archived from the original on 3 November 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lees, J.D. "Fifty Years Later, Godzilla and Hedorah Clash Again." G-Fan, Winter 2021, pp.8-9.
  4. Ramirez, Ussiel (4 November 2022). "So this behind the scenes for the Godzilla vs Hedorah short played before a Godzilla against MechaGodzilla and I was wondering if it was ever released before? #GodzillaDay #GodzillaDay2022 #godzillavsgiganrex #godzillavshedorah #godzillaagainstmechagodzilla". Twitter.
  5. Kirby, Brian (3 November 2022). "It was fun! They showed the Godzilla vs. Hedorah anniversary short with a BTS beforehand. #driveinmob". Twitter.

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